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idw Award: invitation

Below is an outdated invitation text. The next invitation will be published here in late 2023.

Invitation: idw Award for Science Communication 2022

To foster excellence in Communications, Informationsdienst Wissenschaft (idw) awards the idw Award for Science Communication for press releases that distinguish themselves by their professional quality, outstanding news value and scientific importance (quality, relevance, originality). Quality will contribute 50 %, relevance 40 % and originality 10 % to the total assessment.


The winner will receive 2,000 € and a badge to be installed publicly which makes the achievement permanently visible. The second will receive 1,000 €, the third 500 €.

An expert jury will select the winners excluding the jurisdiction of a court.

The prize is awarded to a press office, not to an individual. It is to be used for further strengthening of quality in Communications. The presentation ceremony will be held in Munich, Germany, on March 31, 2023.


All idw member organizations are entitled to participate. Please select the one (1) press release out of your institution’s press releases published in 2022 via idw which is most convincing in terms of quality, relevance and originality. If you select an embargoed press release, please make sure the embargo’s end was in 2022. Entry deadline is January 22, 2023.

Please send your submission directly via the idw system (please do not send it via e-mail), following these instructions:

1. Please log in to the idw sytem with your own password and user name.

2. Please click onto "my idw > to your menu" and then onto "press releases > press releases of own institution".

3. The idw system will now show you all the press releases your institution has ever published via idw so far. Please select the one press release from 2022 you wish to submit, and click onto the "submit to idw award" button.

4. Please add a summary (1,000 characters max., blanks included) about the media coverage your press release has had. This is optional and not a criterion of the award but rather helps us to evaluate idw.

5. Please click onto "submit now" - done.

You may change your selection subsequently up to January 22, 2023. To do so, please follow the instructions above, and in step 3 click onto "withdraw submission to idw award". After that, you may select and submit another press release.

By submitting your press release, you are acknowledging the terms detailed in the invitation.

We will be happy to answer any questions you may have, please contact

Entry deadline is January 22, 2023.


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